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About this eventJoin us for a full day of steam action plus an evening session at the Great Central Railway using British Railways Standard Ď2MTí Class 2-6-0 No.78018 at the head of a short local train. We will run with two to three carmine and cream Mark I coaches and, for part of the day, with two twelve ton box vans to form a mixed train with the vans coupled between the loco and the coaching stock.
Our day will start from Loughborough at 09.30. We will gather at 09.00 for our customary but most important safety briefing and will ask for food to be served in the griddle car from 08.30 onwards. We will make our way up the line taking in as many good photographic locations as the light allows, collecting the vans at Swithland. This charter will continue beyond Swithland to take in locations on the single-track section between Rothley and Leicester North, providing us with a number of shots that we do not usually include on charters.
No.78018 is an ideal locomotive for this type of short local train. One of a class of 65 locomotives, 78018 was built at Darlington North Road Works in 1953. It achieved cinematic fame for being the loco needing to be rescued from a deep snowdrift on the Stainmore line, the resulting film of the rescue being Snowdrift at Bleath Gill. It was variously based at Chester Midland, Workington, Nuneaton and finally Shrewsbury, from where 78018 was withdrawn in November 1966. The loco arrived at the Great Central Railway in 2012 and returned to steam in 2016. It is owned by the Darlington Railway Preservation Society and is under the custodianship of the Loughborough Standards Locomotive Group while based at the GCR. We would like to thank all parties for allowing the locomotive to appear at this event.
We look forward to an enjoyable day out with plenty of photo opportunities and we hope to see you at the Great Central Railway in March to be a part of this steam charter.
- Spare batteries
- Camera protection - rain covers etc
- All levels welcome
- Sturdy outdoor shoes
- Warm clothing
- Wet weather gear